Monday, 24 July 2017

Northern Passages festival and family BBQ

I wrote about my weekend fun last Monday. Happy to say the trend continued this past weekend!

On Saturday, I completed my lap swimming, Spanish lessons, and our weekly grocery runs in the morning. The weather was perfect for being outdoors so we packed our picnic basket and headed to the waterfront for the afternoon. The trees are lush green now, compared to their slim branches in April. We found a nicely shaded picnic spot and just relaxed for a couple of hours. Our goal was to finish all food and drinks that we had brought with us. Mission accomplished :)

July 2017
April 2017
For our evening entertainment, we attended Sarah MacDougall’s concert, which was part of the Northern Passages music festival at Harbourfront. Once again, I’m blown away by the vocals, the drums, and the musicians who can play various instruments. Sarah MacDougall is a Swedish Canadian singer/ songwriter currently living in Yukon. Her personal story about moving from Sweden to Canada, and especially in the Yukon, sounds interesting. She sang her last song at the concert in Swedish. You can read more about her here.

Sarah MacDougall & band

On Sunday, I took my Spanish lessons, then ran a little bit more than 5K in the morning before we left home for our extended family BBQ in the afternoon. This BBQ was to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with my visiting relatives from the USA and Europe, and my niece’s high school graduation. It was held in the suburb, about 40 km (25 miles) from our home so we took public transit to get there. A joyous time shared among twenty five of us. Everyone was busy chatting, catching up, preparing the food and drinks, joking, laughing, eating, drinking and picture taking. It was a memorable time that I’m sure we’ll remember and fondly recall next time we meet. Bonus: I've completed item 4 on my Summer fun list.

Fun plans for this upcoming week:
  • Exercise for up to an hour daily
  • Continue learning Spanish 15 minutes daily
  • Visit a local park, weather permitting
  • Explore two new-to-me outdoor farmers’ markets
  • Attend up to three concerts
  • Take my relatives sightseeing
  • Connect with my friends to plan a get-together
I hope you had a nice weekend. Make it a good week wherever you are!


  1. From the sounds of it, you're doing well on your summer list. Love the comparison pics of the trees but even more impressed by the Spanish lessons & exercise! Have a great weekend #TeamLovinLife

    1. Thanks, Jo, for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm loving life at this moment :) Have a great weekend!

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  3. You are really moving through your list and certainly I love the combination of keeping your body healthy by running and your mind healthy with Spanish lessons. Well done you! #teamlovinlife

    1. Thank you, Sue. I'm eager to complete my fun activities. Fitness to me includes both mind and body. Have a great weekend!

  4. Again, it looks like Toronto is a terrific, vibrant place to live. And time with family is definitely the best!

    1. Toronto is a vibrant place to live, for sure, Tamara. I barely scratch the surface when it comes to local events in the summer here.